Archaeologists in Israel have discovered remains from a city wall that once protected Jerusalem during the First Temple era.
The fascinating find, which was uncovered in the City of David National Park, dates back to the period after King Solomon built the first temple in 957 B.C. and before its destruction in 586 B.C., as CBN News noted.
The finding connects to previous portions of a wall that were uncovered in the past. CBN has more:
British archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon uncovered a section of the wall on the northern part of the eastern slope in the 1960s and dated it to the Kingdom of Judah. About 10 years later, archaeologist Yigal Shiloh uncovered a long stretch of the wall on the southern part of the slope.
For decades, archaeologists searched for the missing link, leading some to believe that the other two monumental structures were not the remains of the wall of Jerusalem. Now, archaeologists believe this new discovery connects the earlier sections and indicates that this was indeed the eastern section of the wall around ancient Jerusalem.
There are reportedly still some mysteries remaining about the wall, including who the wall was intended to protect the city from.
“The city wall protected Jerusalem from a number of attacks during the reign of the kings of Judah, until the arrival of the Babylonians who managed to break through it and conquer the city,” said excavation directors, Dr. Filip Vukosavović of the Ancient Jerusalem Research Center said in a statement.
Considering that the Babylonians ended up invading the city, some have wondered why portions of the wall remain intact. Haaretz reported that experts have a theory surrounding the terrain around this portion of the wall, noting that the hill is steep and would have made it very difficult to tear down that portion of the structure.
2 Kings 25:8-12 (NIV) explains what unfolded when the Babylonians broke through the walls:
"On the seventh day of the fifth month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard, an official of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. He set fire to the temple of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down. The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down the walls around Jerusalem. Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile the people who remained in the city, along with the rest of the populace and those who had deserted to the king of Babylon. But the commander left behind some of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields."
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